Old Vines Riesling Brut
This sparkling wine is as distinct as our single vineyard site, and with only 200 cases made, it’s poised for special celebrations and those seeking something very unique from BC.
Bright straw in colour, this wine opens with a persistent, fine bead in the glass and a delicate mousse. Intense aromas of citrus, apple and pie crust waft from the glass – pure and complex . The palate is lush yet holds great tension with mineral undertones and hints of grapefruit flesh and tart apple. A classic Champagne character pairs beautifully alongside what you’d expect from our Old Vines Riesling – concentrated flavours and naturally bright acidity.
Following primary fermentation, the base wine was put to bottle and left en tirage for two years to quietly undergo its secondary fermentation on lees. Once ready, the wine was awoken from its slumber and disgorged in early Spring of 2017 with a light dosage from our stunning 2014 Old Vines Riesling.
The 2014 growing season has been classified as one of the warmest on record. Interestingly enough, it produced an outcome that most of us don’t normally associate with hot weather – a slowing of the grape ripening process. This happens when daytime temperatures rise above 35C. The vines shift into a protective mode and go dormant.
A chilly September finished out the ripening phase in a truly, cool season fashion. As a result, the wines from this vintage are decidedly bright and complex.
Like all of our wines, this Pinot Noir was grown and produced at our historic, 75-acre estate in South East Kelowna. We continue to farm as sustainably as possible without the use of herbicides or pesticides.
92 POINTS – “Ultimate breakfast wine — and arguably one of the best BC wine sparklers we’ve tasted. This Tantalus Traditional Method Brut 2014 Old Vines Riesling sports a fine stream of bubbles with aromas of citrus and green apple notes, before a broadly textured but elegant palate, with yeasty and leesy notes, lemon zest and appealing mineral core before a persistent, lingering close.
92 points and just plain wicked.”
Tim Pawsey, The Hired Belly (Vancouver Courier/The North Shore News), May 2017